CSU to play Colorado in unique midseason addition to schedule

CSU's Christian Reyes drags a would be tackler on one of his CSU school record 34 carries in Saturday's win (Shane Roper/CSU Sports)

Charleston Southern’s magical football season just got a little more special with the announcement Monday that the Buccaneers have made a late addition to their 2013 schedule and will play the University of Colorado later this month.

Charleston Southern, 5-0 after a stunning upset at Appalachian State on Saturday, will play Colorado on Oct. 19 in Boulder. The Buffaloes (2-1) play in the Pac-12 Conference. CSU is a member of the Big South.

The late schedule change is the result of Colorado postponing its game with Fresno State on Sept. 14 because of damaging floods in the Boulder area. The schools were unable to come up with a workable scenario to make up the game this season.

Colorado officials contacted nearly three dozen schools on both the FBS and FCS levels, searching for an available opponent. Both Colorado and Charleston Southern had Oct. 19 as an open date, so the game was set. The Bucs were granted a waiver by the NCAA late last week to play a 13th game.

“Obviously, adding a game at this point in the season is a unique situation,” said first-year CSU head coach Jamey Chadwell. “It is a big opportunity for us, though. It’s a chance for us to showcase Charleston Southern University and our football program against a PAC-12 school for the first time.”

The kickoff time is expected to be announced next Monday when the Pac-12 sets the television schedule for all its games on that day.

“We really appreciate (CSU athletic director) Hank Small and Charleston Southern working with us to schedule this game,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said Monday. “We look forward to hosting the Buccaneers on Oct. 19.”

Colorado joins a growing list of FBS opponents for the Bucs, who played at Illinois last season. CSU also has played at Florida, Florida State and Miami. The Bucs are scheduled to play at Georgia and Vanderbilt next season.

“The game is an exciting opportunity to play a Pac-12 school,” Small said. “Our players have had the experience playing Big Ten, SEC and ACC schools, and this is a chance to add the Pac-12 program to that group and to continue to move our program forward.”

Said CSU vice president for student affairs and athletics Dr. Rick Brewer: “This contest represents the university’s desire to compete at the highest level of NCAA Division I athletics. Consistent with our previous practice, funds from this game will be applied to enhancing CSU’s football facilities and program.”

The Bucs and Buffaloes are separated by more than 1,700 miles. The trip will be the longest for Charleston Southern since games at Hawaii in 2007 and 2010. The Buccaneers will be the first school from South Carolina to play at Colorado. The Buffaloes have played Clemson twice, both times in bowl games, and have never played South Carolina.

Coming off a three-game road trip, Charleston Southern returns home on Saturday to host North Greenville. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. at Buccaneer Field.

Colorado hosts No. 2-ranked Oregon on Saturday and plays at No. 22 Arizona State on Oct. 12.